The Economics Department

How to Apply

All applicants to the graduate program are expected to apply via the web. Our application deadline is January 1. This means that all application materials must be received by that date.  Admission decisions are usually announced around the beginning of March. We do not admit new graduate students in the Spring, and we do not offer conditional admission.

Applicants who hold bachelor’s degrees are eligible to apply directly to the Ph.D. program.  Although the Department offers both M.S. and M.A. degrees to continuing Economics graduates, we admit only applicants who are seeking the doctoral degree.  

Before applying to our program, applicants should visit the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) web site: This site contains detailed instructions for both U.S. and international applicants about applying to the University of Texas-Austin and should be carefully reviewed in conjunction with information on the Departmental website.

All application materials should be sent electronically to GIAC.  

Application for Graduate Admission

Submitted via the "On-Line Application" link on the GIAC web page:

Application Processing Fee

The application processing fee for U.S. applicants is $65; the fee for international applicants is $90.  Applications submitted without the fee will not be reviewed.  Details about fee payment are available on the Graduate School’s admission website (above).

Official Transcripts

Effective this year, the University has instituted a new procedure regarding the submission of transcripts.  Please follow the instructions provided on the website above.  

Official GRE Scores

Please arrange to have your official score report sent to GIAC. We require all three sections of the GRE's "General Test" (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) and accept both the paper-based and the computer-based tests. The University's institution code is 6882; the Department code is 1801.

Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores

International applicants only. If you hold or will hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. college or university or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, the TOEFL is automatically waived. It will not be waived if you have earned or are in the process of earning a Master's degree from a U.S. college or university. 

Three Letters of Recommendation.

See requirements for admission.

Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should be submitted electronically to GIAC.  It should be no more than two pages long. Your statement of purpose is an important part of your application, and care should be taken in writing it. If you prefer, you may also submit a current vita/resume.

Mathematics Preparation for Graduate Applicants Form

This form is a required part of your application and must be submitted on line.

Additional Materials 

While you are welcome to submit other materials that you believe will enhance the quality of your application (such as writing samples), paper documents will not be accepted by GIAC or by the Department.  You may upload miscellaneous documents of no more than 20 pages to your application for graduate admission through your online Status Check.

All applicants whose files are complete by the application deadline will be considered for both admission and financial support unless the applicant has an institutional sponsor. Please be sure to read the detailed Financial Assistance information on our web site. International applicants should pay particular attention to the information regarding oral English proficiency requirements for international Teaching Assistants.

If you have additional questions about the application process, please contact our Graduate Coordinator, Vivian Goldman-Leffler.  She may be reached by email at and by phone at (512) 475-8510.


Last Updated: 12-Sept-2011
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